Machel Montano is now a married man.

The King of Soca wedded his long-time girlfriend, Renee Butcher, at the Red House in Port-of-Spain on Friday.

The Valentine’s Day ceremony was held in a hallway, located on the southern side of the building.

The groom arrived at around 11.20am, accompanied by his parents. Montano was dressed in a white suit.

His bride came in minutes later wearing a white two-piece pants and off the shoulder top outfit with a trail attached. She wore a colourful flower hair piece.

Butcher was also accompanied by her parents.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi greeted the couple at their vehicles with a white umbrella. He walked them to the building.

Pastor Clive Dottin officiated the ceremony.

The guests, close friends and relatives of the couple, were also dressed in all white.

The ceremony was co-ordinated by Lisa Ghany, director of Xceptional Events Ltd.

Media photographers were not allowed on the compound.

Red House staff and other personnel lined the balcony on the top floor with their cameras in hand to record the historic event.

The wedding was the first marriage ceremony to be held at the building since it was restored and reopened.

The ceremony will continue on “Machel Monday” at which patrons attending the concerts have been asked to wear white.

The theme for the event is “The Wedding”.


When Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced a roll-back of Covid-19 restrictions on August 15, hundreds of people flocked to beaches and rivers for a “last dip”.

THE life and lifestyle of every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago is subsidised by the Government in some form—from the fuel subsidy which affects taxi fares, to electricity rates, free education, free health care, to airplane tickets to Tobago.

Subsidies and transfers have accounted for more than 50 per cent of the country’s annual budget between 2010 and 2020.

When you enter the Jeetam family’s home, the first thing you notice are the photos of their son.

In the gallery, a large collage made up of photos of happy moments in his life is pinned to the wall.

On the front door, another photo of the smiling 27-year-old hangs proudly.

In the living room, another life-size photograph of the former Fatima College pupil is positioned just behind the family’s sofa.

He is fairly new on the political block.

But when you speak to him, Symon de Nobriga is a regular type of guy, pleasant, unassuming, down to earth, fun, with an entrepreneurial spirit.

As he makes the transition from a former chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation to Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Communications, he is in it to learn, to grow, and to do his part in ensuring that the public of Trinidad and Tobago receives information consistently on the decisions and activities of this Government.

There are incidents from the 1970 revolution that many in society still aren’t aware of.

This has caused a contextual gap in the issues of the day.

This was the consensus yesterday as the Bocas Lit Fest continued its online panel discussion with a forum on “The Legacies of 1970—What do the ideas of the Black Power Revolution mean for us today?”